EXXONMOBIL a Multi-national oil company operating in Akwa Ibom has spent the sum of N170 million on peace building programmes to enhance its smooth operations and development of the host communities. Mr Nigel Cookey- Gam, ExxonMobil General Manager, Public and Government Affairs disclosed this last Saturday at Eket in Akwa Ibom at the formal flag-off of the programme tagged community investment programmes (CIP).
Cookey-Gam explained that the programme was one of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Joint Venture Initiatives dedicated to engaging the youths positively on the virtue of peaceful engagement. The general manager said that the programmes was targeting the youths of Eket, Esit-Eket, Ibeno and Onna Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom.
Flagging off the programme, the Akwa Ibom State commissioner for transport and petroleum resources, Mr Orman Esin, urged ExxonMobil to increase its budgetary allocation to the community investment programme in the State. Esin, noted that the N170million earmarked before the peace and capacity building programme for the youths was grossly inadequate given the priceless value of peace and industrial harmony in oil bearing communities.
The commissioner further urged the multi-national oil company investment programme, a yearly programme, emphasizing that the youths were in dise need of job opportunities and capacity development.
Esin also advised the youths to remain peaceful and allow the company to operate, promising that he would engage the company until the demands of the communities are met.
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